George Victor Gookey

Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 22624
Died: 9th August 1916, aged 29 years
Buried: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium (Plot VIII, Row D, Grave 12A)

 

George was the fifth of 6 siblings born to George Frederick and Miriam ANNIE Gookey (nee Read), who married in Beaulieu in 1872.

 

George was born in Southampton in 1851 and Annie was born in Bealieu in the same year.

Annie passed away in Portswood in 1904 and George died in the city in 1913.

 

George and the three younger children were living with his daughter Ethel and her family at 31 Earls Road, Portswood at the 1911 Census.

 

Siblings

Walter George   b. 1873 Southampton   d. 1949 Bournemouth   Married Annie Austin in Bournemouth in 1902….he was a hairdresser.

Ethel Louise   b. 1876 Southampton   d. 1933 Southampton   Married Isaac Maynard in Southampton in 1905.

Beatrice Annie   b. 1881 Southampton   d. 1968 Winchester   Married Charles Henry Maynard in Southampton in 1903….Isaac and Charles Maynard were brothers.

Bertie Arthur b. March 1884 Southampton   d. 1954 Weymouth   Married Harriet Smith in Romsey in 1938.

George Victor 

Albert Edward   b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1937 Southampton   Married Elsie M. Stephens in Southampton in 1921.

 

The 1st Hampshire became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in III Corps prior to their departure for France in August 1914.

They were immediately in action at Le Cateau, near Mons, covering the retreat of the B.E.F.

 

The battalion then fought in the Battle of Albert, between July 1 – 13th. 1915.

On the first day of this battle, the 1st Hampshires lost 320 men and had 265 wounded, the battalion’s worst experience of the war.

 

George enlisted in March 1915, and so almost certainly took part in the Battle of Albert.

 

Whilst in action at Arras in August 1916, George and his company were badly gassed.

He died of the effects days later.

 

Commonwealth forces began using Lijssenthoek cemetery near Poperinghe in June 1915; it holds 9,901 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd August 2016
Updated:

 

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